ATHENS - Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Sunday in an interview with 'Ethnos' newspaper that he is realistically optimistic about the outcome of the national elections, adding that the situation can change.
He explained that the Greek people will not allow a return to the black days of Samaras, Venizelos and the IMF. Regarding the European elections, he said "obviously dissatisfaction has been expressed about aspects of our policy, expectations that have not been verified in practice, even for behaviors that do not fit the Left. But in the national elections, people will decide based on which government, which plan, will rule the country over the next four years."
Referring to Greek-Turkish issues, he reassured that "that Greeks can feel safe, Greece enjoys the international support, it has stable alliances, which have been expanded and strengthened in recent years. Also, it has a strong deterrent power. It is a country that does not play games with stability and security, both inside the country and in the wider region."
He also noted that at the recent Summit the climate was extremely supportive of Cyprus, and hence of Greece. And extremely negative for Turkey and its provocations.